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Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
3.84
The novel is set in a number of present day cities, in a way that seems futuristic/sci-fi. I read this book in a class called "The Novel and Globaliza...more
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Apr 24, 2007
 
Jesus' Son
4.18
I saw the movie first-(great performances by Jack Black, Samantha Morton, Dennis Hopper)--and I have to say this is one of those rare times where one...more
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Apr 24, 2007
 
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
4.15
Weirdly sci-fi in the best way possible: under-teched, grounded in realism, very creative, and super suspenseful. I appreciate the alternating story l...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
Rabbit, Run
3.55
My all around go-to favorite book (including the rest of the series). Updike's details are so vivid and seemingly accurate--its the closest I've ever...more
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May 01, 2007
 
Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered"
3.73
I was very surprised (and relieved, in a way) to discover this book after finishing what I thought was the last of the Rabbit series. I enjoyed readin...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Gertrude And Claudius
3.51
A nice companion to Hamlet-- allowing the reader to discover the death of King Hamlet which Shakespeare never exposes in his play. Gertrude's perspect...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Ski to Die: The Bill Johnson Story
3.86
Absolutely captures the aggressive, big-ego personality that is so tied to what makes a ski racer go fast. The overwhelming confidence to abandon all...more
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May 01, 2007
 
Einstein's Dreams
4.07
I had trouble sticking with this. Lots of vingettes exploring time and space. The perspective was so distant, in an alligorical way, which made it dif...more
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Apr 30, 2007
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.17
A very palatable way to digest science. Bryson walks through textbook information as if he is giving a walking tour of a museum. So many things I want...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Fathers and Sons
3.90
I am reminded of this book so often in life and am relieved to know it was written long ago, and that some things never change. I'm over-simplifying h...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
3.87
I much prefer Amy's humor to David's. I'm also a huge fan of "Strangers with Candy" and this book carries the same time-warped ambivalence as Jerri Bl...more
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Apr 30, 2007
 
Mason and Dixon
4.00
The Mason-Dixon line had a legacy through the civil war that erased its meaning during the manifest-destiny time of its creation. This evolution is a...more
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Apr 24, 2007
 
The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life
3.39
Great idea--and pretty well executed, but inevitably hard to maintain for the whole duration. Mostly because there is no way in hell I would tollerate...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
4.12
Gogal captures the plight of a poor and modern man, who is constantly screwed by a combination of bad luck and a poorly run authority. He handles the...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Everything Is Illuminated
3.89
A few narriatives are layered within Foer's investigation of his family's lineage from the Ukrain, making it a atypical novel from the start. A good b...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
3.86
Johson gives a back door tour of the brain, offering understandable explanations to the reasoning behind our everyday actions and interactions. I foun...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Travels
3.91
I haven't given his fiction the time of day, but I was captivated by his real life experiences. He certainly knows how to tell a story, and man, he ha...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
The Tao of Pooh
3.99
A fabulous intro to Taoism--even if your not all that into pooh to begin with. Has a great amount of Eastern parables and annectdotes to live by. The...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
A Giacometti Portrait
4.08
Wow--this was so validating to read...experimenting with art is such a mind-trip--ranging from self-doubt, relief, back to anguish, and forth again. L...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
The Plot Against America
3.65
Reimagining history as Roth has in America during WW II is a fantastic excercise to witness as a reader. Even though the plot was imagined, I learned...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
4.18
A quick-un-putdownable read. I was white knuckle page turning by the last few, so much so that I had to take it with me out to dinner and finish it in...more
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May 01, 2007
 
Evidence of Love
4.17
An unbelivable true story about a likable, religous mother who ends up ax-murdering a fellow churchgoer--and acutally earases the event from her memor...more
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Apr 30, 2007
 
Tender is The Night
3.83
Blehhh! I am not a Fitzgerald fan. His writing is floral, but its meaningless to me--he is too sympathetic for the out of touch upper class for me to...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
Ignatious is unlike any other character I've ever met. Hillarious and completely original. The preface explaining how the novel was acutally published...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
3.98
Very interesting at times--very dry and repetative at others. Wish I could have committed the interesting bits to memory but they were too far between...more
Jan 2007
Jan 29, 2008
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
3.99
Embarassed to admit that I couldn't get through the first few pages. But I will come back...
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Apr 30, 2007
 
No Exit and Three Other Plays
4.06
An unthinkably simple, yet tourturous vision of hell. Quick, but haunting.
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Apr 29, 2007
 
The Hot Zone
4.06
Morbidly captivating.
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Before and After
3.37
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Apr 29, 2007
 
All the King's Men
4.06
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Jun 14, 2007
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